Chvrches - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Fri 28 Sep
Electro-pop gems in an artistic setting
In an unexpected development, the Scottish National Galleries’ Friday evening ‘Picasso By Night’ event played host to one of the most talked-about bands to come out of Scotland in recent years. While art lovers upstairs listened to curator’s talks and poetry readings, the downstairs café was transformed into a dark and intimate live venue for Glasgow trio Chvrches (formerly Churches).
In a little over half an hour, singer Lauren Mayberry (The List’s LGBT editor) and synth-pushing musicians Iain Cook and Martin Doherty (between them, veterans of Aereogramme, Unwinding Hours and Twilight Sad) dispelled the notion that they’re the product of one good track and a slew of well-targeted and fortuitous hype. They look the part, Mayberry wearing a streak of glitter across one eye and Doherty in ravey baseball cap and Nicki Minaj t-shirt, and their sound runs a range from the crystalline synth-pop of that debut track ‘Lies’ (with added ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ bass crunch, as remarked upon everywhere) to the insistent, techno-style build-up of ‘Science’ and the fiercely contemporary digital anthem ‘Night Sky’. The next single ‘The Mother We Share’ is a tentative step forward, but it still wouldn’t sound out of place on Radio 1’s A-list.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Fri 28 Sep.